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Old 08-12-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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WDH on a 2015 Ford Explorer

This is gonna be a similar post to the recent 4Runner posted question. I did not want to highjack his thread so I started a new one.

A fellow FRF member posted this from his information regarding a Toyota 4Runner.

"The oem weight carrying hitch (for the V6's) is mounted to the rear crossmember, underneath the bumper cover. It is rated for 500 lbs max tongue weight and 5,000 lbs max pull weight. It is NOT designed to be used with a weight distribution system, because the rear crossmember it is mounted on is not designed to handle the rotational torque stress that a weight distribution system will put on it. On the other hand, the frame mounted hitch, like those on most V8's, is designed to be used with a weight distribution system because it is directly mounted to each of the main frame rails. When a weight distribution system is used with it, the rotational torque is applied directly to the frame rails through the hitch. If you need a weight distribution system to control sway or handle a heavier trailer, you MUST have a frame mounted hitch for it to work properly and not damage the rear crossmember.

Since Toyota, as far as I know, does not have a V8 option available for the 5th gen 4Runners, I doubt they have a factory frame mounted hitch available. I do not know if there are any aftermarket 5th gen frame mounted hitches available yet. And I don't know if the frames between the 4th gen and 5th gen are close enough to allow a 4th gen frame mounted hitch to fit the 5th gen. "

It got me thinking. Does such an issue exist with the current model year Ford Explorer's. My local dealer does not have an Explorer with a Tow package and I cannot check. Are there any people on here with a Ford Explorer + tow package? Does Ford warn the same thing?

I use a 1K/10K Equalizer hitch and would like to use it on my next TV as well. I can seriously considering the Ford. The Toyota poster raised an interesting point that I did not even know existed. Can anyone weigh (no pun intended. lol) on this?

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Old 08-12-2014, 06:06 PM   #2
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Try poking around in the gen 5 Explorer forum too.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:40 PM   #3
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Awesome. thanks Bryce.

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The receiver that came with my tow package works well with my Blue Ox WDH. I have not looked to see how it is mounted but I am curious now. Not only is there no warning about using a WDH, it is required for the 5k rating. You should have no issue using your equalizer hitch on a Explorer with the tow package however be advised that the tongue weight is restricted to 500 lbs. My guess is because there is no limitation on payload in regards to this spec so that number is probably valid if you are at your maximum payload.
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Looking at the 2014 owner's manual they have setup instructions for a weight distribution hitch so I would say they support it.

and found this in it too:

For towing trailers up to 3500 pounds (1588 kilograms), use a
weight-carrying hitch and ball, which uniformly spreads the trailer
tongue loads through your vehicle’s underbody structure. For towing
trailers over 3500 pounds (1588 kilograms), up to the maximum trailer
weight, we recommend you use a weight-distributing hitch to increase
front axle load while towing.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:53 PM   #6
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Looking at the 2014 owner's manual they have setup instructions for a weight distribution hitch so I would say they support it.

and found this in it too:

For towing trailers up to 3500 pounds (1588 kilograms), use a
weight-carrying hitch and ball, which uniformly spreads the trailer
tongue loads through your vehicle’s underbody structure. For towing
trailers over 3500 pounds (1588 kilograms), up to the maximum trailer
weight, we recommend you use a weight-distributing hitch to increase
front axle load while towing.
Thanks Keith. That seems to give me some hope that a WDH would be ok.

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All of that was from the towing section of the owners manual I found on the Ford website. If it is in the OM it is supported.
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Right. Thanks Keith
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